On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 9

  • 1228 Stephen Langton, English Cardinal and scholar, Archbishop of Canterbury (1207-1228), negotiated the Magna Carta, thought to have divided Bible into chapters (b. c. 1150)
  • 1386 Leopold III, Duke of Austria (1365-68), dies at 34
  • 1441 Jan van Eyck, Flemish painter (The Ghent Altarpiece), dies
  • 1553 Maurice, Elector of Saxony (1547-53), dies of his wounds from the Battle of Sievershausen at 32 [some sources place death as July 11th]
  • 1639 Entonius Walaeus, Dutch Calvinist theologist, dies at 65
  • 1654 Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans, Bohemia and Hungary, dies of smallpox at 20
  • 1677 Angelus Silesius [Johann Scheffer], German mystic, poet and court physician, dies at 52
  • 1696 Waclaw Potocki, Polish poet (Wojna Chocimska), dies
  • 1704 Yan Ruoqu, Chinese scholar of Qing dynasty, dies at 67
  • 1706 Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, French Canadian sailor and explorer and adventurer (explored Hudson Bay and Louisiana), dies in Havana at 44
  • 1716 Joseph Sauveur, French mathematician, physicist and sound engineer who coined the name acoustics for the study of sound from the ancient Greek word ακουστός, meaning "able to be heard", dies at 63
  • 1737 Gian Gastone de' Medici, last Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany (1723-37), dies at 66
  • 1742 John Oldmixon, English historian (b. 1673)
  • 1746 Philip V, King of Spain (1700-24, 1724-46), dies at 62
  • 1747 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, dies at 76
  • 1755 Gottlob Harrer, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1756 Pieter Langendijk, Dutch painter, etcher and playwright (Wiskunstenaars), dies at 72
  • 1766 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, dies at 45
  • 1795 Henry Seymour Conway, British general and statesman (b. 1721)
  • 1797 Edmund Burke, British statesman, philosopher and author (A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the Revolution in France), dies at 68
  • 1805 Georg Panzer, German vicar and librarian, dies at 76
  • 1821 Tommaso Sogner, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1828 Gilbert Stuart, American portrait painter (unfinished portrait of George Washington), dies at 72
  • 1843 Washington Allston, American painter (pioneer of America's Romantic movement of landscape painting) and author, dies at 63
  • 1850 Bab [Shirazi, Sayyid Ali Muhammad], Persian founder of Babism, executed by firing squad on orders of the Persian government at 30

Zachary Taylor

1850 Zachary Taylor, 12th US President (1849-50) and major general in the Mexican–American War, dies in the White House of an unknown digestive ailment at 65 after reportedly consuming copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk

12th US President and General Zachary Taylor
12th US President and General
Zachary Taylor
  • 1852 Thompson McKennan, American politician who served as the 2nd United States Secretary of the Interior, dies at 58
  • 1855 FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, British Army officer (commander of the British forces during the Crimean War), dies of dysentery in Crimea at 66

Amedeo Avogadro

1856 Amedeo Avogadro, Italian scientist who contributed to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law (6.022 x 10 ^ 23), dies at 79

Scientist Amedeo Avogadro
Scientist
Amedeo Avogadro
  • 1856 James Strang, American Mormon splinter group leader, dies of his wounds three weeks after being attacked by disaffected members at 43
  • 1875 Francis Preston Blair Jr, famed St Louis lawyer, dies at 54
  • 1880 Paul Broca, French brain surgeon and anthropologist (located speech center), dies at 56
  • 1882 Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (b. 1848)
  • 1883 Adrien Louis Boieldieu, French composer, dies at 67
  • 1893 William Scotton, English cricketer (wicket in 15 Tests for Eng), commits suicide at 37
  • 1893 George Christopher Cato, Natal pioneer and first mayor of Durban South Africa, dies at 79
  • 1895 Jack Simpson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1884), dies of typhoid fever at 35
  • 1903 Alphonse François Renard, Belgian geologist, dies at 60
  • 1909 Kasimir Felix Badeni, Premier of Polish/Austria (1895-97), dies at 62
  • 1923 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, dies at 74
  • 1927 John Drew Jr., American Shakespearean actor (The Big Bonanza), dies at 73
  • 1932 Henry Howell, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests 1920-24), dies

King C. Gillette

1932 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, dies at 77

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • 1934 Otakar Zich, Czech composer, dies at 55
  • 1937 Oliver Law, first African-American commander of U.S. troops (b. 1899)
  • 1938 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1943 Clifford Whittingham Beers, American mental hygiene pioneer, dies at 67
  • 1947 Lucjan Żeligowski, Polish general (b. 1865)
  • 1948 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44
  • 1949 Fritz Bennicke Hart, British composer, and conductor, dies of cardiac issues at 75
  • 1951 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), dies at 56
  • 1951 Jorgen Bentzon, Danish composer, dies at 54
  • 1954 Henri Dillon, French composer (Arlequin), dies in combat in Indo-China at 41
  • 1955 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, dies at 26
  • 1957 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, Soviet-Russian pianist, and composer, dies at 80
  • 1957 Manfred Julius Susskind, South African cricketer (1924 Test series), dies
  • 1960 Edward Burlingame Hill, American composer and educator, dies at 86
  • 1960 Vallance Jupp, cricketer (28 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1921-28), dies
  • 1961 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (Lydia, Irene, Exile Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 1963 Frank Mayo, American silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • 1966 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1967 Douglas MacLean, silent film comedian turned producer, dies at 77
Nazi Physician Eugen Fischer
Nazi Physician
Eugen Fischer
  • 1968 Allyn Edwards, host (One Minute Please, Mr Citizen), dies at 53
  • 1968 John Indrisano, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 62
  • 1968 Vardis Fisher, American writer (Passion Spin the Plot), dies at 73
  • 1969 Pierre Cardevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, dies at 63
  • 1969 Gertrude Dixon, compiler of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, dies
  • 1969 Rob de Vries, actor and director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • 1972 Robert Weede, American operatic and musical theater baritone, dies at 69
  • 1974 Sonia Gaskell, Russian-Dutch choreographer (Diaghilev), dies at 70
  • 1974 Ted Bowley, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1929-30), dies

Earl Warren

1974 Earl Warren, Governor of California and 14th US Supreme Court Chief Justice (1953-69), dies at 83

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • 1974 Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, French Dadaist artist and writer, dies at 90
  • 1977 Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69

Alice Paul

1977 Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), dies at 92

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • 1977 Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist and natural science writer (The Unexpected Universe), dies at 69
  • 1978 Abdul Razak al-Naif, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • 1978 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), dies at 49
  • 1979 Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (National Softball Hall of Fame 1959; Chicago Queens), dies at 53
  • 1979 Cornelia Otis Skinner, dies at 78
  • 1980 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist, dies at 66
  • 1981 Oscar van Hemel, Belgian-Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 88
  • 1981 Wilhelm H C Tenhaeff, para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • 1982 Joseph "Wingy" Manone American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader ("Tar Paper Stomp"; "Downright Disgusted Blues"), dies at 82
  • 1983 Keith Wickenden, British Politician (b. 1932)
  • 1984 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), dies at 85
  • 1985 Rafael Campos, actor (Ramon-Rhoda, Sancho-V), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1985 Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1896)
  • 1985 Jimmy Kinnon, Scottish founder of Narcotics Anonymous (b. 1911)
  • 1986 Karl-Heinz Beckurts, West german Siemens manager, murdered
  • 1986 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician, dies at 78
  • 1988 Anthony Holland, AIDS sufferer committed suicide at 60
  • 1988 Barbara Woodhouse, dog trainer, dies at 78 of a stroke
  • 1990 Brigitte D'Ortschy, German author, trnslator and Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies in Japan at 69
  • 1992 Eric Sevareid, American author and News correspondent (CBS), dies at 79
  • 1992 Kelvin Coe, Australian ballet dancer (Australian Ballet; Bolshoi Ballet), dies of AIDS related illness at 45
  • 1993 Jaap Meijer, Dutch historian and rabbi in Paramaribo, dies at 80
  • 1993 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), commits suicide at 81
  • 1994 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, dies at 57
  • 1994 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 79
  • 1994 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), dies at 72
  • 1995 Jacques Molicard, translator and navigator, dies at 62
  • 1995 James Cameron Tudor, politician, dies at 66
  • 1995 John Eric Tieman, production Manager (The Guardian), dies at 67
  • 1995 Julian Graham Theodore Hough, actor (Deathwatch, Shout), dies at 47
  • 1995 Fenton Morley, British parish priest who chaired the Church of England Morley Commission, dies at 83
  • 1996 Christopher Casson, Irish-English actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita, The Riordans), dies at 84
  • 1996 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician, dies at 76
  • 1996 Melvin Belli, American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and "Melvin Bellicose", dies at 88
  • 1996 Peter Martini, British journalist, dies at 31
  • 1996 Susan Cowdy, British ornithologist, dies at 81
  • 1999 Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (b. 1944)
  • 1999 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), dies at 76
  • 2000 Doug Fisher, English actor (b. 1941)
  • 2002 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)

Rod Steiger

2002 Rod Steiger, American actor (Illustrated Man, Pawnbroker), dies of pneumonia at 77

  • 2002 Kenneth Snowman, British jeweller and antiquarian, dies at 82
  • 2004 Chuck Cadman, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Paul Klebnikov, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • 2004 Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), dies at 86 (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Yevgeni Grishin, Russian speed skater (4 Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 74
  • 2005 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), dies at 77
  • 2005 Rafiq Zakaria, Indian politician and Islamic religious cleric, dies at 86
  • 2006 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores - "Three Times A Lady"), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2007 Charles Lane, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 2008 Séamus Brennan, Irish Fianna Fáil politician and Minister, dies of cancer at 60
  • 2010 Jessica Anderson, Australian novelist (Tirra Lirra By The River; The Impersonators), dies following a stroke at 93
  • 2010 Vonetta McGee, American actress, dies from cardiac arrest at 65
  • 2011 Don Ackerman, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Facundo Cabral, Argentine folk, rock, and protest singer-songwriter, shot and killed riding in a car with a concert promoter at 74
  • 2011 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), dies of ventricular fibrillation at 61
  • 2012 Terepai Maoate, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, dies from prostate cancer at 78
  • 2012 Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 91

Eileen Ford

2014 Eileen Ford, American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), dies from complications of meningioma and osteoporosis at 92

Co-Founder of Ford Models Eileen Ford
Co-Founder of Ford Models
Eileen Ford
  • 2016 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Falstaff), dies at 77
  • 2018 Lord Carrington [Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington], British conservative politician, former British Foreign Secretary (1979-82) and NATO Secretary General (1984-8), dies at 99
  • 2018 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), dies at 91
  • 2019 Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (Cross Creek, The Larry Sanders Show), dies at 88

Ross Perot

2019 Ross Perot, American businessman (Electronic Data Systems, Perot Systems), billionaire and presidential candidate (1992, 1996), dies of leukemia at 89

Entrepreneur and Presidential Candidate Ross Perot
Entrepreneur and Presidential Candidate
Ross Perot
  • 2019 Fernando de la Rúa, Argentine politician, 51st President of Argentina (1999-2001), dies at 81
  • 2019 William E. Dannemeyer, American politician who opposed LGBT rights (Rep-R-CA, 1979-93), dies at 89
  • 2021 Paul Mariner, English soccer striker (35 caps; Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, Arsenal, Portsmouth) and coach (Plymouth Argyle, Toronto FC), dies from brain cancer at 68
  • 2021 Jehan Sadat [Safwat Raouf], Widow of Anwar Sadat and 1st Lady of Egypt (1970-81), dies at 87 [1]
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